Public Lands Rally In Santa Fe Wednesday

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Public Lands Rally In Santa Fe Wednesday

The New Mexico Wildlife Federation is joining other conservation groups in holding its annual Public Lands Rally Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the state Capitol in Santa Fe.

State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has been invited to speak. The rally also will feature tribal leaders, hunters, anglers and others.

Many plan to protest against the scheduled March 28 auction of energy leases on 11,000 acres of public and ancestral tribal lands in New Mexico, including more than 10,000 acres in the Greater Chaco region.

Members also will showcase the delivery of more than 40,000 public protest comments opposing the next Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease sale.

The BLM has been auctioning leases on millions of acres of public land for oil and gas nationwide. More than 10,000 citizens filed protest comments to the agency’s New Mexico oil and gas lease sale in December but the agency is still moving forward on its next planned sale in March.

New Mexico has about 9 million acres of national forest lands and 13 million acres of Bureau of Land Management land. Those lands, owned and used by all Americans, support some of the finest hunting and fishing opportunities in the United States yet some politicians and others continue to push to transfer them from the federal government to the state or elsewhere.

For more than a century, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation has been a leading voice in calling for the preservation of wildlife and public lands. The federation strongly opposes any transfer of federal lands.

Please join your fellow hunters, anglers and other public lands users at the Roundhouse and tell elected officials to KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY PUBLIC LANDS!

Sponsoring organizations: New Mexico Wildlife Federation, WildEarth Guardians, Food and Water Watch, Frack Free Four Corners, Frack Off Greater Chaco, National Parks Conservation Alliance, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Sierra Club Northern Rio Grande Chapter, The Wilderness Society and Trout Unlimited.

Members of the diverse coalition will begin convening at the Roundhouse between noon and 1 p.m. Food and warm drinks will be served. Public addresses will begin in the Rotunda at 1 p.m.

Following the event at the Roundhouse, join the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and New Mexico Backcountry Hunters and Anglers for Public Lands Pint Night. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Brakeroom, SFBC, at 510 Galisteo St.

For more information, contact Jesse Deubel, executive director, New Mexico Wildlife Federation, (505)